Sun­day best

Fresh off its launch, Sun­day Rose Hand­made skin­care looks to give your face a lit­tle love.

The Coast - - OPINIONATED SHOPTALK - BY AL­LI­SON SAUN­DERS

Jaana Ku­jala knows a lot about putting your best face for­ward. Af­ter start­ing a ca­reer in film makeup at 19, she made the shift from pros­thet­ics to es­thet­ics and fell in love with skin health and well­ness. As a holis­tic skin ther­a­pist she stud­ied skin nutri­tion and the clean, nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents that jive best with var­i­ous skin types.

“The most heal­ing in­gre­di­ents you can use for your skin aren’t in most prod­uct lines,” says Ku­jala, a self-pro­claimed purist who uses in­gre­di­ents like tamanu oil—an anti-in­flam­maory, anti-mi­cro­bial, mois­ture-bar­rier­build­ing seed oil— and prickly pear seed oil in her prod­ucts. “With a lot of the skin care in­dus­try there’s so much mar­ket­ing that goes into it and a lot of those brands don’t know what goes into skin health.”

Af­ter spend­ing a few years ex­per­i­ment­ing with her own cre­ations, hand­mak­ing small-batch creams, masks and elixirs for her­self, she’s launched Sun­day Rose Hand­made, a line of or­ganic, plant-based, cru­elty-free prod­ucts made in her south shore stu­dio.

“The self care prod­uct in­dus­try is not reg­u­lated by any­thing—a lot of com­pa­nies do what’s called green wash­ing where you have two per­cent of an or­ganic in­gre­di­ent and have or­ganic on the la­bel,” Ku­jala says, adding that Sun­day Rose’s in­au­gu­ral 10 prod­ucts are a min­i­mum of 95 per­cent cer­ti­fied or­ganic and use GMO and pes­ti­cide-free in­gre­di­ents. “Ev­ery­thing is re­ally pure so you’re get­ting all the nu­tri­ents right into your skin.”

For now, your thirsty skin can get its fix via Ku­jala’s on­line shop—at sun­day­rose­hand­made.com—where she also sells holis­tic beauty tools, like jade rollers and brushes, and with­inUs col­la­gen prod­ucts that aren’t avail­able any­where else on the east coast. And if you’d like some face time with the line’s cre­ator, she’ll be in Hal­i­fax for a pop-up next month (Fe­bru­ary 9, 1-3pm) at Bha­vana Yoga Bou­tique (3063 Got­tin­gen Street).

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